July 21, 2017

PAAET launches project to plant 100,000 seedlings

The Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET) launched on Wednesday a national project to plant 100,000 seedlings in its nurseries in Al-Shuwaikh area. PAAET works to conserve indigenous desert plants that can thrive in the county’s environment and consume less water than most plants, PAAET deputy director general Hajraf Al-Hajraf said in a press statement. Moreover, he noted how proud PAAET employees are of the success of such projects, adding that the people of Kuwait are steadfast in their support of the nation and its academic institutions. The aim of the project is to salvage the environment, PAAET official…

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MECA, OSC sign pact to construct wooden paths in Qurum Natural Park

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs (MECA) in Muscat represented by the Directorate General for Conservation of Nature and Oman Shipping Company (OSC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to construct two wooden paths in Qurum Natural Park. The agreement was signed last week at the ministry building. Mahmood bin Yahia al Dihli, director general of administrative and financial affairs, MECA, and Tariq bin Mohammed al Junaidi, CEO, OSC signed the agreement. The construction will not just beautify but will also make it convenient for visitors to the Qurm park. Article source – http://www.muscatdaily.com/Archive/Oman/MECA-OSC-sign-pact-to-construct-wooden-paths-in-Qurum-Natural-Park-4s32#ixzz4H7NTpI8E

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Madhab Sulpheric Spring Park in Fujairah upgraded

Sitting north of Fujairah overlooking Al Hajar Mountains, Madhab Sulpheric Spring Park has long been a place to unwind, relax and entertain children. Following a major upgrade, the 39,000-square-metre park has a new lush, green landscape, playground equipment and other facilities. Residents welcomed the refurbishment, saying many of the facilities were old and in need of maintenance. “Madhab park is one of the few getaways in Fujairah, especially during cool weather,” said Thuraya Aziz, a 30-year-old Tunisian mother of three: “My kids love to ride their bikes there due to the huge space compared to other parks. It’s one of…

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Middle East Consultant Awards back for second year

The second Middle East Consultant Awards event is to be held on 8 November 2016 at the Ritz Carlton, Jumeirah Beach Residence in Dubai. Registrations for the second instalment of the Middle East Consultant Awards, to be held on 8 November 2016, are now open at www.meconsultantawards.com. The awards, which will be held at the Ritz Carlton, Jumeirah Beach Residence in Dubai, celebrate the achievements of consultants, architects and designers in the Middle East, along with the iconic projects that they create. Following the success of the first-ever Middle East Consultant Awards in 2015, which saw over 250 guests attend…

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LED lighting market set to soar

Increased demand for energy efficient lighting solutions in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is spurring fresh growth for the LED market, as the sustainable and long-lasting luminaire looks to dominate the regional architectural and public lighting landscape. Analysts Frost & Sullivan estimate that the GCC’s LED (light-emitting diode) market was worth $900m in 2015, comprising 38% of the region’s total $2.4bn lighting fixtures market for the year. As regional governments implement eco-friendly green building regulations along with public and street light retrofitting programmes, demand for LED technology is expected to grow by 16-17% annually over the next five years. According…

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Committee meets to discuss eradicating mesquite

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The supervising committee of the national campaign to eradicate invasive plant mesquite held its first meeting on Sunday in the presence of H E Dr Fuad bin Jaafar bin Mohammed al Sajwani, minister of Agriculture and Fisheries. H E Sajwani said that the process of eradicating the plant is a national duty, and everyone should join hands for the campaign because the plant is causing damage to agriculture and the environment. At the beginning of the campaign, the ministry stated that the plant has been a menace as it threatens local tree species, competing for water and soil nutrients. Its…

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Worlds Biodiversity at ‘unsafe levels’

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Animal and plant species are dropping so fast that the world biodiversity loss has reached “unsafe levels,” as per a new study. Species “intactness” has dropped below what one research group considers the safe limit across about 58 percent of Earth’s terrestrial surface, the study reported. The results, part of perhaps the most comprehensive quantification of global biodiversity change to date, provide key insights into the current extent of biodiversity losses, which have been lacking to date. The Biodiversity Intactness Index (BII) captures changes in species abundance. Researchers hypothesize that below a so-called safe limit of biodiversity intactness, the wide…

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Abu Dhabi Sheikha Fatima Park in redevelopment

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Sheikha Fatima Park, formerly known as Khalidiyah Ladies Park, is to be redeveloped at a cost of Dh94 million in Abu Dhabi. The renovation work began last month and was expected to be completed by July 2018, said officials at the Department of Municipal Affairs and Transport and Abu Dhabi City Municipality. An artist’s impression of the 46,000-square-metre redevelopment, which will include 24,035 square metres of green areas, showed fountains, walkways, play areas and a pavilion. Once completed, the park’s facilities will also include playgrounds, a cultural arena, outdoor market, an organic food market and cafes plus a ladies-only section,…

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Dubai will build Desert Rose City, flower-shaped eco-city.

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When you fly over Dubai in a few years’ time, it might not just be The Palm Jumeirah and The World Islands that you can spot from the airplane window. The city may soon have another breath-taking development clearly visible from up in the desert skies: an eco-friendly mega-district shaped like flowers. Dubbed Desert Rose City, the development was initially suggested in 2014 and has just been approved by Dubai Municipality. According to initial reports, 75 percent of Desert Rose City will be residential. The plan is to accommodate 160,000 residents who will work and live in this eco-friendly satellite…

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Forever Rose due to expand to new outlets

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Dubai-based hospitality and retail company Al Samadi is planning to expand their Forever Rose line in the Gulf region and reintroduce it into the UK market. After the success of Forever Rose in the region chief executor Ebraheem Al Samadi has stated the company is set to open 20 outlets under the brand, including two in Dubai, one in Abu Dhabi, Qatar and Kuwait. The remaining 15 stores will open in Saudi Arabia, where Al Samadi sees strong demand for Forever Rose roses. The chief executor explained: “Saudis will come to the Mercato branch and they will take every product…

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